More than 2,500 students were conferred degrees by Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, (IIT-B) at its 54th convocation ceremony on Saturday.
A total of 325 PhDs, 208 PhDs, nine dual degrees (MTech and PhD) and seven dual degrees (MSc and PhD) were conferred this year. Including the 101 PhD degrees awarded in the interim convocation held in March, this is the highest number of doctoral students being awarded degrees in the history of IIT Bombay.
Three students were presented with gold medals for their outstanding performances this year. The President of India Medal was awarded to Vikranth Dwaracherla Reddy from the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Institute Gold Medal was awarded to Sukanya Patil Vijaysing from the same department. The Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma Gold Medal was conferred on Karan Gupta, a student from the Department of Civil Engineering.
The students wore khadi uttariyas over their convocation robes. The uttariyas had been in the middle of a controversy after the institution placed an order for the same.
Students were presented with gold medals sponsored by donors for their individual exemplary performances.
A total of 586 BTech degrees and 626 MTech degrees were also awarded at the ceremony. From the Management School, 115 students received MMgt degree, 201 received two-year MSc degree and 22 received five-year integrated MSc degree.
Rajendra Singh, chairman of Tarun Bharat Sangh and winner of the Stockholm Water Prize 2015, was the chief guest at the function. Christine Nixon, Deputy Chancellor of Monash University, Australia, and members of the board of governors were also present.
Nixon conferred 16 joint PhD degrees, in association with Monash University. For the Award of Excellence in PhD Thesis, 29 research scholars were selected.
IIT-B Director Devang Khakhar presented the Institute’s Report 2015-2016 that said the premiere institute was the most sought-after. He said 67 JEE rank holders out of hundred and 10 of the top-10 All-India JEE rank holders chose to join IIT-B among the 22 IITs in the country.
The Lifetime Achievement Award 2015-2016 was bestowed upon Professor RK Malik from the Department of Chemical Engineering. Khakhar advised the outgoing batch to continue developing their knowledge. “Always keep in mind how you can help the society and nation through your work,” he said.
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